Breaking Upwards
Breaking Upwards (2010)

Their marriage turning stifling after just four years, a young New York couple attempts to escape their ennui by carefully strategizing their own breakup. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, real-life couple Daryl Wein and Zoe… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 2, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

Scenes meant to play as breezy and hip are more often just annoying.

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Andrew O'Hehir

While Alex Bergman's photography is often impressive, Wein's editing has the short attention span of a Hollywood movie, without the accompanying cocaine rush.

Lisa Rosman

In this plodding, plotting gimmick of a film, only Pablo Schreiber, as Zoe's loutish rebound, and the rarely seen Andrea Martin, as Zoe's oversharing mom, come off smelling like a rose.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Breaking Upwards has its amusing and touching moments, but we're left wondering just what we're supposed to make of it all.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Much ado about a very rote situation, with a hammy excess of New York Jewish shtick (lead offender: Andrea Martin as Zoe's kvetching mom).

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Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix

Wein's debut feature is kind of a mess: he withholds and warps the emotions of the main characters till there's little sympathy to be had. But though this tactic is usually enough to derail a film, it works here...

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Comes knocking at the door like a wolf in sheep's clothing, draping reality in a fictional romantic comedy about a twentysomething NYC couple named Daryl and Zoe whose relationship is coming apart.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Whiny and self-indulgent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
I think I was in my own transitional, break-up period when I first saw this movie about a stagnant couple that orchestrates an incremental break-up - spending… More
Walter M.
"Breaking Upwards" starts with Zoe(Zoe Lister-Jones, who wrote, produced and come to think of it does remind me a little of Kristin Scott Thomas) and… More
Jim Hunter
A couple who are bored with their relationship incrementally break up. <i>Breaking Upwards</i> is a charming, realistic depiction of a couple who… More
Quinto Wallight
This is the kind of movie that will mostly, if not only, resonate with people who have been in the same situation as these two characters - which I imagine are… More
Shawn Ewing
A realistic depiction of both the hardships and growth of a breaking relationship.